Smith & Howard Names Scott Whalen a Partner
Jan 06,2021
Scott Whalen became a partner at Smith & Howard effective January 1, 2021. “Scott has been an integral member of our tax group since he started as an intern in 2008. His ability to help our clients navigate complex tax issues has helped elevate the firm’s standing. Just as importantly, he helps our clients strategize for the future through comprehensive tax planning and consulting,” said Marc Azar, Partner and Tax Practice Leader. Scott is a long-standing member of the firm’s manufacturing/distribution and technology teams. Beyond his specialization in those two industry areas, he also works with clients across the entertainment, hospitality, staffing and transportation industries. Scott focuses on clients with international tax issues in addition to providing accounting method expertise alongside transaction advisory services. “As Smith & Howard grows, young partners like Scott, who are innovative and passionate about client service, will drive our performance, allowing us to continue our...
Smith & Howard Is a 2020 Excellence in Firm Culture Award Recipient
Dec 17,2020
INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has named Smith & Howard as one of seven Excellence in Firm Culture award recipients in North America. The annual award is given to firms with high employee Net Promoter Scores (eNPS) and strong ratings in 12 core qualities of culture, such as collaboration, innovation and work-life balance. Smith & Howard is one of only two firms in the Southeast to win this recognition. “We are extremely proud to receive this award. Culture has been – and will always remain – one of Smith & Howard’s strongest drivers. Our team of employees live our values day in and day out, making our firm one of the best places to work in the nation. We value our people and their commitment to creating a culture of excellence,” said Sean C. Taylor, managing partner at Smith & Howard. The Excellence in Firm Culture Assessment, is offered by IPA...
Smith & Howard is Named a Top Five Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting
Sep 10,2020
Smith & Howard is proud to announce that it has once again been named a Top Five and Best of the Best firm in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting. This is the second year in a row that Smith & Howard has been ranked the number two firm in the country by INSIDE Public Accounting. It is the only Atlanta firm named as one of the top five on the Best of the Best list. “We are honored to be named a Best of the Best firm for the 11th consecutive year. Receiving this recognition reflects on our firm’s strong foundation and our continued commitment to excellence and growth,” said Sean C. Taylor, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard. According to INSIDE Public Accounting, Best of the Best firms are selected exclusively on their performance in specific key areas of management, growth and strategic vision.  Additionally, these firms are...
2020 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For
Jul 21,2020
Smith & Howard was recently named as one of the 2020 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting profession, benefiting its economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 firms and Smith & Howard has been named a Best Accounting Firms to Work for seven out of the last eight years. Sean C. Taylor, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard said, “We are thrilled to receive this honor and recognition from Accounting Today. During this unprecedented time, we are grateful to our employees for their commitment, energy and embrace of our culture. We are truly moving forward together.” Firms from across the United States entered the two-part survey...
GSCPA’s 2020 Public Service Award Presented to Sean Taylor
Jul 17,2020
Sean Taylor, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard, was recently named the recipient of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2020 Public Service Award. According to the GSCPA, the annual Public Service Award recognizes a member who has distinguished himself or herself in public service activities at the local, state, regional or national level. GSCPA said it was honored to present Taylor, a long-time member of the GSCPA who served on the inaugural GSCPA Leadership Academy, with the award. Taylor’s passion for service is reflected in both his professional and personal life. He co-founded the firm’s nonprofit practice because he saw a need for nonprofits to be served by a firm that had deep business expertise coupled with a heart for the nonprofit community. Taylor devotes a great deal of his personal time to helping the community around him. An active volunteer in both educational and religious organizations, he...
Smith & Howard Announces Passing of Joseph B. Smith, Co-Founding Partner
Apr 29,2020
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph B. Smith, one of the founding partners of Smith & Howard. Joe was loved and respected by those who knew and worked with him and was an esteemed business and civic leader in Atlanta. Joe’s leadership, character and commitment were integral to setting the foundation for the almost five decades of success the firm has enjoyed. Sean Taylor, current Managing Partner of Smith & Howard said of his nearly 30-year relationship with Joe, “None of what Smith & Howard brings to our clients, people and community would be possible without what Joe so boldly set out to do nearly 50 years ago. For me personally, I owe everything to Joe. Smith & Howard gave me a chance when many other firms would not. That chance led to me working at the firm for over 26 years, growing in my...
DOL Clarifies Effective Date of Certain Provisions of FFCRA
Mar 25,2020
According to information on the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) website,  the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA),  which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, will become effective on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Additionally, the DOL announced in a Field Assistance Bulletin that there will be a temporary non-enforcement  period of FFCRA from March 18 through April 17. During this grace period, no enforcement actions will be taken against private or public employers for non-compliance as long as they are able to show that they have made "reasonable, good faith efforts to comply with the Act." This means: Any violations are remedied as soon as is practical. The violations were not made willfully. The employer must send written notification to the DOL stating it will comply with the Act in the future. The DOL will begin...
Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected by COVID-19
Mar 19,2020
*Updated on March 25, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201),  became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. The Act includes up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave for workers who are unable to work while they are sick or complying with COVID-19 restrictions or caring for school age children due to the closure of schools or child care facilities, as well as paid family and medical leave that employees will be able to use to care for family members (not for personal illness) for up to 12 weeks. The first 10 days of emergency family and medical leave may be unpaid, unless employees opt to use accrued paid time off for...
Small Businesses in Georgia Can Now Apply for SBA COVID-19 Emergency Loans
Mar 19,2020
On March 18, Governor Brian Kemp announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has given Georgia an official statewide disaster declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, paving the way for small businesses in all 159 counties to apply for much-needed financial assistance. As people are being told to self-isolate or practice social distancing in order to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19, a number of small businesses are facing hardship. Through either the loss of customers or the desire to help employees and others in the community during this difficult time, there are numerous financial demands on small businesses. This is why the SBA’s  disaster declaration is so important. SBA disaster loans ordinarily offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters. In the case of COVID-19, the low-interest, long-term loans can be used by small businesses and nonprofits to continue operations, pay fixed...
Smith & Howard Begins Remote Work Arrangements Effective March 18
Mar 17,2020
At Smith & Howard and Smith & Howard Wealth Management, our purpose has always focused on our Clients, People and Community.  This includes, first and foremost, the safety and well-being of each.  With the pandemic our nation and local community faces, we are taking steps to do our part to help us all successfully weather the crisis. Therefore, beginning March 18th, Smith & Howard and Smith & Howard Wealth Management employees will work remotely, and our offices will be closed.  Currently, our plan is to work remotely through March 29th.  The leaders of our firms will continue to closely monitor the ever-evolving situation to determine if we need to extend remote work beyond March 29th. We are well-prepared to work effectively in a remote environment.  In fact, much of the high level of service we deliver day in and day out already happens remotely.  Our clients can be assured that...

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